The great outdoors is already fantastic, but when it comes to your personal patio area and backyard, there’s certainly a few outdoor living projects that can make it better. Get inspired for a full season of outdoor improvement projects with this guide from McCall Homes, and visit us online or contact us today to learn more about our new homes and family-oriented communities in Billings.
Whether you consider yourself a green thumb or not, there’s something for everyone to find valuable in a multi-purpose garden shed. You can use it to store the obvious tools and objects associated with gardening, such as planting pots, spades, gloves, and shovels; or you can convert it into another kind of designated container. For example, if you plan to host a get-together or throw some parties this summer, you can use your garden shed to hold the decorations, chairs, lawn games, and any other festivity-friendly activities you intend to use — now, who’s up for a game of cornhole?
Grill Gazebos or Pergolas
Nothing says “best backyard ever” like a sturdily built and aesthetically designed gazebo — but what if it also served as an outdoor cooking and dining area? One of the most popular backyard builds to come about in recent years is a concept called a “grill gazebo.” It’s pretty much meant for what it sounds like: a covered outdoor structure that provides shade as well as shelter, equipped with all of the tools and tech needed to whip up a fantastic barbecue banquet. If you already have a grill, you’re halfway there already. Now all that’s left to do is build your grill gazebo, and customize it according to your preferences for outdoor lighting, utensil storage, dining area furniture, and whatever else you wish to include in your backyard BBQ haven.
Fire Pits & Fire Rings
Some of the best memories involve spending time outdoors with those we love, roasting marshmallows or cooking a meal over an open fire. Even if you can’t make a trip to your preferred camping site or hiking area, you can recreate the same nostalgic conditions in your backyard with a fire pit! The outdoor living industry has never been as big as it is today, and with hundreds of easy-installation options for fire pit ring inserts, stone masonry inlays, and more, you can really make your backyard hearth a place of your own. If an in-the-ground design isn’t really your style, don’t worry; there’s still an equally vast number of options for traditional fireplaces that can effectively be incorporated into your backyard or patio area.
If you’ve always wanted a backyard garden but you worry about forgetting to water it on a consistent schedule, or if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of hiring a professional to tend your grow-space while you’re traveling or on vacation, then a rain garden may be the right move. These ingenious landscaping solutions collect water from roof gutters and drain runoff, then funnel it directly into the garden area, almost like a vertical-to-ground-level irrigation system. Better yet, you won’t need to worry much about watering your flowers, shrubs, and other sprouts since Mother Nature is there to do it for you — weather permitting, of course.
Low-Maintenance Outdoor Living Space
If you aspire to a low-maintenance life but still want to have a usable and beautiful backyard, why not start with a new home in Billings? Here at McCall Homes, we’re passionate about helping all homeowners achieve the interior and exterior style they envision.